Saturday, February 20, 2010

Inflation Is All That Matters

It's possible that the Fed is doing all it imagines it can do given its twin mandates to fight unemployment. More likely, they just prioritize fighting inflation. So it's a double hit, as people don't have jobs so that the value of nominally denominated debt is preserved.

People may have disliked inflation in the 70s, but a lot of people eventually benefited a bit as the value of their mortgages, in real terms, declined significantly.